Indivdual & Group Therapy
Counseling is an important aspect of Inner Healing or to effect behavioral change. In order to make this process effective two methods are offered: individual or group.
Wilderness therapy intervention and treatment to help adolescents overcome emotional, adjustment, addiction, and psychological problems. Contained System wilderness therapy programs are usually up to three-weeks long, operating in a wilderness expedition model in which clients and leaders stay together for the duration of the trip. Continuous Flow System programs are longer, up to 8 weeks in length, and have clients continually admitted to on-going groups with leaders rotating in and out of the field.
In both contained and continuous flow wilderness therapy systems, the therapeutic process includes the careful selection of appropriate clients, based on a clinical assessment, and the creation of an individual treatment plan for each participant. Individual and group therapy techniques are applied in a wilderness setting and facilitated by qualified professionals, with formal evaluative procedures used to assess the clients’ progress. Wilderness therapy utilizes expedition-based outdoor pursuits such as backpacking, educational curricula including primitive skills such as fire making, and provides extended periods of introspective alone time for clients. Wilderness self-care and group safety are facilitated by natural consequences, thereby teaching personal and social responsibility, and creating a neutral and safe environment to apply the real and metaphoric lessons learned to life situations with which clients are struggling.
Adolescent boys with behavioral problems are the most prevalent clients, a majority of whom have diagnoses which are drug and alcohol related. Wilderness therapy treatment includes: 1) a cleansing phase, which occurs early in the program; 2) a personal and social responsibility phase, a particular focus once the cleansing phase is well underway or complete; and 3) transition and aftercare phase.
In today’s world, there is an increase in the use of the process of Group Counseling in all sectors of the society which include schools, colleges, community mental health clinics and other human service agencies.
Group Counseling mainly involves a small group of members who come together forming their own specific goals, share their problems, provide empathy and support to the others and also in turn try and change their self-defeating behaviors. The group members are also assisted in developing their existing skills in dealing with interpersonal problems.
Group counseling is really an effective form of learning experience as members can share their experiences, learn from others, and also come to know that everyone has similar problems and they are not the only one struggling with an issue. Group Counseling is basically effective in a school or college setting as students find it easier and enjoy learning with their peers provided the leader or the Counselor is effective and maintains the ethical issues and standards efficiently and is able to use his potential to the fullest and also his personality.